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This gentleman is a member of the Huli tribe from the Tari Basin in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. Young men traditionally spend a year alone in the forest as part of their initiation into manhood. When the young man returns to his village, his hair is cut and woven into the wig which becomes a symbol of his courage and strength.

The wig is adorned with feathers from several species of colorful Birds of Paradise and Lorakeet. The man's necklaces are made from coral, shells and beads most likely acquired through trade with coastal Papuans. Facial paints are made from ocher (red or yellow iron ore), clays, plant matter and natural oils. Click here or on the photo for more information on the Huli.

Huli Wigman (Papua New Guinea) by Raymond Paynter
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